Author Archives: Daniel Lock

How Organizations Can Drive Successful Change

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Change scares the life out of most people. Even positive life events fill many with a sense of trepidation and fear. Aversion to change is why brides and grooms-to-be have second thoughts. And these are all examples of ‘self-inflicted’ change. Force change on people and their fear of the future ratchets up several notches. “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” ...

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5 Behaviours to Lead Successful Change

5 Behaviours to Lead Successful Change

Just how do leaders energise their people to embrace change? The need for change is constant in a constantly changing business environment. Unfortunately, the failure rate of change projects has little changed in recent years, despite the increasing use of agile methods. According to a 2012 McKinsey study, 17% of change projects conclude so disastrously that they threaten an organisation’s ...

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11 Ways to Communicate Change

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How do you lose weight? That’s right, eat less and exercise more. But like many things in life, knowing makes no difference. Change management is a lot like exercise, we often know what we want to do, but how do we change the how the circumstances show up such that people want to make the change. In this article, I’ll ...

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Power Management: Simplifying the Organization

Organizational complexity and bureaucracy are a threat that managers must continually be wary of… The term change fatigue is a real and common problem that organizations face and must deal with when considering a change or transformation initiative, or even a simple process improvement initiative. But at its source is the manager. The late Peter Drucker once said, “Much of ...

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Change Management and the Structure of Innovation

Often innovation is cast in the minds as a pure product related process. Apple’s iPod to iPhone to iPad, for example, is, perhaps, a perfect reflection of how most people would define innovation. But innovation doesn’t have to be limited to product design and new product ranges. It also encompasses process and structure, where change management techniques and best practice ...

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Two Factors For Change Management Success

Long-term thinking is a vital element of effective change leadership. For change to pay off, a leader must have grit and a desire to see change through to the end. However, it can be tempting to focus your attention on the current quarter’s results, and put key change initiatives off. The forces pulling you to do this are compelling. Exxon ...

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Change Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Change Leaders

What does it mean to be a change leader? What behaviors must they engage in day in and day out to drive real and meaningful change?  Having worked in the change and process improvement for 15 years, and worked with dozens of clients, since I launched my consulting business, I have identified seven behaviors and habits which help to identify whether ...

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Middle Managers as Engines of Change

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The captain may be in the bridge, but is the engine room operating on all cylinders?  Last week I wrote about the importance of leadership and change. Nothing happens until the top leadership says so. Leaders have this organisational power because they choose the incentive systems, the values and behaviours that create cultural norms. But when driving change at a pragmatic ...

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Are You a Change Leader?

The power is in the engine, but the wheel is in the bridge. When Lou Gerstner took over as CEO of IBM in 1993, he took the reins of an old and prestigious institution with a rich history. Gerstner had no experience in the computer industry, but he did know about leadership. His resume included senior positions at American Express ...

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